Digging up dinosaurs in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on March 10, 2011

in Activity Boxes, Dinosaurs, Sensory Play

It doesn’t matter how old the preschoolers are, they all seem to equally enjoy digging up dinosaurs…

For one of our activity boxes this week, we set out a container of sand with dinosaurs, spoons, cups, shells, and magnifying glasses. The goal was to try and create a dinosaur landscape for the children to explore through sand play…

This activity was never just sitting at a table being ignored. There was always someone who wanted to play in the dinosaur sandbox…

We have a large sand table open just across the room for the children to play in too but just by putting the sand and dinosaurs in a different container and on the table rather than in the sensory table – the children had new interest in digging in…

I won’t kid you though – we also had sand all over the floor all day long! It was a constant process of play and sweep:)

But a little extra sweeping was worth the value of watching the children remain engaged in their play…

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